This review is dated as I visited this place in late August 2013. I thought I will not write a review as it is so long overdue now. But then again I did not want to miss out writing about a stay that will always hold a very special place in my heart. So here it is.....
For our third anniversary I booked a luxury villa with plunge pool in Heritage Madurai based on great reviews. And we were not disappointed in fact this place exceeded our expectation.
The property in bang on the main road, around 20 mins from Madurai Meenakshmi temple. It is a sprawling property with lot of trees and greenery and birds chirping, giving you a feeling that you are miles away from the crazy traffic, noise and chaos of Madurai. Our check in was smooth and fast. It being off season, we could choose our villa, we chose the one away from the main road. We were greeted with a lovely anniversary cake, some cold lemonade and fresh fruits at our room.
The villa entrance has strong south Indian stamp complete with a granite, wooden pillar and solid wood door. The sitting room is spacious complete with sofa set and TV. We didn’t use the TV much, but for a place of this grade one would expect flat screen TV of at least 40+ inches. Anyway not a showstopper!!
The bedroom is fantastic, with a huge bed opening to and with clear view of the courtyard and plunge pool. The bathroom is spacious with granite flooring and a big rain shower and toilet seat on one side and big basin complete with mirror on the other. They have put up a partition between the toilet set and the shower area, which I felt was a nice touch.
The plunge pool is amazing. But one needs to bear in mind that it is in fact a plunge pool and not a full- fledged swimming pool. We spent a lot of time just fooling around in the plunge pool. This pool being in the open does have some dried up leaves and flowers floating in the pool, the management has put up some net like covering on top of the pool. But it is still difficult to keep it completely spic and span.
The property has a small village replica t, where one can indulge in some activities like pottery etc. You can explore the property on bicycles provided, sure to bring out the kid in you. Also they have badminton and golf, including simulation golf to keep people occupied.
The main swimming pool is in the form of a temple "kolam" i.e temple lake. The water was the best we had ever experienced in any swimming pool in the country. Super clean with zero traces of chlorine. One can spend hours soaking in this pool.
I availed back, shoulder and foot massage services at the sap. It was done with ayurvedic oil and really relaxing. The massage was completed with a very nice refreshing cup of herbal drink. The bill for the massage is sure to bring a smile to your face, it is so reasonable:)
We tried their private candle lit dinner complete with our own dedicated butler at our villa. They set table for us near the plunge pool. We had asked for a five courses Italian and Mediterranean meal. We were apprehensive as this place screamed out south Indian and we were here experimenting with some alien cuisine. We did appreciate the time continental chef spent in talking to us and reassuring us. The meal was excellent, food sumptuous, service excellent with our butler spacing the various courses in our meal just right.
When it was time for us to leave, we were so tempted to cancel our flight tickets and extend our stay. Truly the best stay ever, cannot find one thing to complain about or even to suggest could be done better.
For couples do try out their private candle lit dinner with your own customised menu..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Heritage, Welcome to Madurai.A resort, one hundred years in the making, in the heart of a city that grew from drops of nectar that flowed from the locks of Shiva, as legend would have us believe.Enter the gates of the 17-acre resort, and experience the Madurai of distant past. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heritage Madurai Hotel Madurai
- Heritance Hotel Madurai